Chinese app stores remove apps in wake of data protection concerns

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Chinese app stores remove apps in wake of data protection concerns

BEIJING - Chinese app stores have removed several apps developed by companies including Sogou and Iflytek amid an increased scrutiny of technology sector and data protection.

As of Friday afternoon the so-called input method apps, which serve as virtual keyboards, can not be downloaded on the Chinese Apple iOS store and Android app stores operated by Chinese smartphone makers such as Huawei.

Iflytek said in a statement that the app was almost completed due to violations of the data collection rules and is already waiting for the rectification and removed it for approval from the regulators.

China released draft guidelines in April, seeking to limit the scope of personal apps' collection of mobile data.

Apps in China have been temporarily removed by regulators for mishandling user data or improper content, with existing users unaffected.

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